In the gospels Christ teaches us to believe “all things are possible.” Many Christians assume this means that if only we have enough faith we can fix anything, “ask and you will receive.” So, when a loved one is dying and actual does die despite our prayers, they feel abandoned and disillusioned. Their faith dies with their loved one. They fail to see that Christ was talking about something much deeper, infinitely deeper and truer. Christ is telling us to keep our eyes open after our loved one has died. She is gone from her earthly body to the One within us all. As long as you live she still exists united with your soul.
Pat’s epiphany occurred when Fr Carver finished a service with:
“Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come” – Rabindranath Tagore
She wrote that it hit her like a blow to the stomach and tears came to her eyes. Our departed loved one will never leave our life; they are there in the small things we do every day. She will often come back to mind in the tear shed at some small memory – proof she is dwelling within. You enter a familiar place and she comes back. Death is the dawn of your eternal life together in the arms of Christ. Those things which we ought to have done; and those things which we ought not to have done, come back to us with the dawn. They are in the white light of God at the end of the tunnel, part of us and God and of all time. God is the Alpha and Omega – our beginning and our end forever.
“all your deeds and words,
Each truth, each lie,
Die in unjudging love “
God is that unjudging Love. Christ is the Bread of the eternal life and the Cup of everlasting salvation. Our sinful bodies are made clean by his Body , and our souls washed through his most precious Blood.